I'm bored, doing laundry, and generally procrastinating, so I've decided to fiddle about with a DA account as I'm rather frustrated with Photobucket and it's resizing shenanigans. If any of the linked to pictures fail to work just let me know and I'll fix them straight away. Anyway, some shots from work to make you all feel better about the condition of your bikes. This is the quite rusty, disgusting steerer tube of a fork I rebuilt courtesy of one SantaCruz Heckler. A good amount of water came pouring out of the headset when the fork was removed, but to it's credit the FSA Pig headset was in mint condition - not a spot of rust or damage despite the carnage observed above. This image should scare anybody into not only letting their bike dry out properly, but into not using obsessive amounts of water to clean their bikes. This is the damage you are doing but not seeing. Up next we have the external shot of a rather broken bottom bracket. Can you guess what is missing? Bearings! They've gone all walkabout on this customer. (terrible picture, sorry - due to temperature I only had my weatherproof camera with me) Non-drive side cup. Two things to note: the outer race for the bearings should not be attached to this cup in any way, and that the bearings should exist. This is the view of the spindle itself. The inner race for the bearings is that semi-circular groove that runs all along. This should again not be attached to the spindle, nor should there be missing bearings. Rust, time, misuse have all taken their toll on this poor bike, and my recommendation would be replacement before repair simply due to cost. Originally it was a $450 bike, and repair back to a safe, fully functional state will end up being about the same. Unfortunately this customer was dead set on only getting the bare minimum done, so only the entirely unfunctional bottom bracket was replaced - shifting, suspension, general operation of the bicycle was of no concern, just that the pedals didn't move horrifically side to side. While reviewing my shots from the day I felt this would make a rather good book cover, so I did exactly that. Bit of fun. Lovely sunset over the city. And finally, because I love to laugh at myself, this is how I looked on my way in yesterday morning. Every time I see it I cannot help but laugh. Edit: ...and DA resizes in equal amounts. Dagnabbit! Any recommendations for image hosts?